The Laws Of Moses
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Holy And unholy Days

The Sabbath Day :


    
Then He brought me into the inner court of the House of the LORD , and there, at the entrance to the Temple of the LORD, between the portico and the altar, were about twenty-five men, their backs to the Temple of the LORD and their faces to the east; they were bowing low to the sun in the east.  And He said to me, “Do you see, O mortal?  Is it not enough for the House of Judah to practice the abominations that they have committed here, that they must fill the country with lawlessness and provoke Me still further and thrust the branch to their nostrils?

Ezekiel 8:16-17 (Tanakh)

 

     Until the reign of the Roman Emperor, Constantine, in the fourth century; the Christian population endured many hardships.  When Constantine permitted Christianity to be practiced, it was under the condition that the Sabbath day be altered to Sunday, so that he could worship the Lord God, with Re―the sun god.  The change was mandatory and those who questioned his authority, were in danger of further persecution.  The early leaders of the Roman Catholic church continued this tradition, because they wanted to isolate themselves as far from the Judean faith as possible.  Unfortunately, the children of Israel began to endure the same persecutions as the early Christians did, by the Romans.  Ever since then, the flames of anti-Semitism have burned brightly.  The early church later justified altering the Sabbath day, from Saturday to Sunday, because Christ was resurrected on Sunday.  However we were never given the authority to alter the Laws of Moses and the Lord didn't approve of us changing the Sabbath day.  Anyone who believes that they're righteous, simply because they attend service on Sunday or any other day, has been deceived and they're behaving unlawfully.  *The Judean teachers are incorrect when they teach:  The Sabbath day begins at sunset on Friday and ends at sunset on Saturday. 

*Please review the next portion of this chapter, "The New Moon Festival" and "New Years (Truly)," which is listed just before the Fast of the First Born, above Passover.

     Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God:  you shall not do any work—you, your son or daughter, your male or female slave, or your cattle, or the stranger who is within your settlements.  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth and sea, and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.

Exodus 20:8-11 (Torah)

 

     The Lord sanctified the seventh day of the week and proclaimed it a day of rest; therefore, it's unlawful to work on the Sabbath day.  If you go to a business establishment and expect someone else to wait on you, then they have been prevented from obeying the law and honoring the Sabbath day; they have not been given the opportunity to rest.  It's unlawful for a business owner to expect his employees to work on the Sabbath day; they are his servants, and the money he earns is considered an abomination to the Lord.  An employer should allow his employees to leave work in a sufficient amount of time, so that they can prepare for the Sabbath day.  If an employer chooses to conduct business later that evening, then he should allow his employees ample time to return after sunset.  Otherwise, business should resume the following day.  Two exceptions to this rule would be for people who work in an emergency position and some health care providers; however, in this situation, whenever it's possible, those who are responsible for scheduling should see to it that everyone on their staff is permitted the opportunity of enjoying the Sabbath day, equally, on a rotating basis.  No one should be excluded from the opportunity of lifting up the Lord and honoring the Sabbath day.  The other exception would be teachers of the law and servants of the Lord.

     The children of Israel violate the laws of the Sabbath, when they hire a gentile servant/ goyim, in order to cook or clean for them on the Sabbath day.  When a business owner or a manager hires personnel, in order to work on the Sabbath day (whether they may be Jewish or Gentile) and justifies their actions by claiming that they’re not really working, but they’re simply volunteering and they’re compensated financially on another day, this is unlawful.  A good example of this would be in a hotel dining room.  A volunteer is one who has offered their service willingly and they aren’t compensated financially.  

     Some of the children of Israel have been taught that if a Gentile works for them of their own free will on the Sabbath day, even though they weren’t asked to, it’s alright; especially, if they don’t work out in the open, where someone else might see them.  For example:  A contractor who is hired to build a synagogue and is working on the interior of the building or a person at the dry cleaners.  This is incorrect, because whether one works in the open or in a closet, in the light of day or in the dark, the Lord sees everything.

     As humans, we may be ingenious when we wish to justify our own actions; however, the Lord is not impressed with our imagination.  There are no gray areas in the Laws of Moses.

     There are many people, among all faiths, with good hearts; who have tried to live by what they’ve been taught and some of them live very disciplined lives; however, if the life we live is not according to the Laws of Moses, it is still considered living an unlawful life.  The Lord didn’t intend for the Sabbath day to be a burden, but a blessing and a joy. If you were to collect and combine all of the laws that have been written by Moses, in the Word of God, concerning the Sabbath day; you probably couldn’t fill four pages.  Yet, the Hebrew teachers of the law have created four voluminous books filled with additional laws and traditions concerning the Sabbath day alone!  If you were to try to obey all of their teachings, your mind would become overwhelmed by attempting to practice their laws, and by doing so, you would be forsaking the laws that the Lord has given to you. The Sabbath Day is no longer a day of rest, but a day filled with burdens.

 

     If you fail to observe faithfully all the terms of this Teaching that are written in this book, to reverence this honored and awesome Name, the LORD your God, the LORD will inflict extraordinary plagues upon you and your offspring, strange and lasting plagues, malignant and chronic diseases.

Deuteronomy 28:58-59 (Torah)

    

     The Sadducees (the priest) were correct, when they feared the Lord and refrained from adding additional laws to the Laws of Moses.  The Pharisees (the laymen or rabbis) were wrong, when they thought that Moses was given an oral law, other than that which was already documented in the Word of God.  Moses wandered in the wilderness for forty years with the children of Israel and he had all of the time he needed, in order to document everything that the Lord taught him, before he passed away.  Moses and Joshua adamantly forbade the children of Israel from altering the teachings, in the Word of God. Several times, Moses and Joshua warned the children of Israel not to deviate from the law, either to the right or to the left, but to remain firm within the law.  The prophets since then warned the children of Israel time after time; repent and return to the teachings in the Word of God.  The teachers of the law sinned when they added additional laws to the Laws of Moses.

     The Lord is truly a Holy God, to all the children of the earth.  The Lord sanctified the seventh day and declared it a holy day and a day of rest; because he completed all of his work, when he created the world and on that day, he rested.  By observing the Sabbath day, we are acknowledging that the Lord is our God and we recognize his authority over us.  The Lord also commanded us to rest, because as humans, we are frail creatures.  The Lord knew that if we didn’t rest, we would become weak and afflicted and even die prematurely.  The Lord mandated this law for our benefit, as well as his own, because he loves us.

     Sometimes, it can be difficult to remember the joy of creation; especially, when we’re contemplating the earth’s destruction.  The Lord has taught me that when I struggle emotionally, I should try to look forward to the redemption and the return of the Messiah; when everything will be renewed and become beautiful again!

 

     Forty years I was provoked by that generation; I thought, “They are a senseless people; they would not know My ways.”  Concerning them I swore in anger, “They shall never come to My resting-place!”

Psalms 95:10-11 (Tanakh)

 

     Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.  For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.  Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, “They shall never enter my rest.” And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.  For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words:  “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.”  And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”  It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience.  Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before:  “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”  For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.  There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.

Hebrews 4:1-11 (NIV)

 

     I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.  And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God.  They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands.  They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection.  The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

Revelation 20:4-6 (NIV)

 

     The Lord has taught me that those who forsake the laws of the Sabbath day, will be prohibited from enjoying the *millennium, when he resides on earth.  The millennium will follow the tribulation, after the Messiah returns and he has destroyed the remaining people upon the earth.  Those who aren’t permitted to reside on earth, will remain in hell or the bowels of the sea; waiting for the Great Day of Judgment.  If you wish to dwell with the Lord, then repent and remember to observe the Sabbath day.

 

Please study the Laws of Moses and seek to obey the laws of the Sabbath day.

 

In order to appreciate the relevance of obedience to the laws of the Sabbath day, please review Hebrews 3:7-19 as well.

 

Ezekiel 46:1-15, contains scriptures pertaining to the Sabbath Day, after the Messiah has returned

 

* For additional understanding of the millennium, when the Lord reigns on earth for one thousand years, please review the book of Ezekiel, chapters forty through forty-eight.

 

Additional Laws Governing The Sabbath Day:

 

     On the seventh day God finished the work which He had been doing, and He ceased on the seventh day from all the work which He had done.  And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because on it God ceased from all the work of creation which He had done.

Genesis 2:2-3 (Torah)

 

     On the sixth day they gathered double the amount of food, two omers for each; and when all the chieftains of the assembly came and told Moses, he said to them “This is what the LORD meant:  Tomorrow is a day of rest, a holy Sabbath of the LORD.  Bake what you would bake and boil what you would boil; and all that is left put aside to be kept until morning.”   

Exodus 16:22-23 (Torah)

 

     The day before the Sabbath and any other holy day that were required to rest is referred to as “preparation day,” in the Word of God.  On preparation day, we are required to prepare twice as much food, so that we can truly rest on the Sabbath day.

(Exodus 16:11-36, Matthew 27:62, and John 19:14)  
  

     Mark that the LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you two days’ food on the sixth day.  Let everyone remain where he is:  let no one leave his place on the seventh day.”
                                                                                                                      Exodus 16:29 (Torah)

     Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor, in order that your ox and your ass may rest, and that your bondman and the stranger may be refreshed.
                                                                                                                      Exodus 23:12 (Torah)

     And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:  Speak to the Israelite people and say: Nevertheless, you must keep My sabbaths, for this is a sign between Me and you throughout the ages, that you may know that I the LORD have consecrated you.  You shall keep the sabbath, for it is holy for you.  He who profanes it shall be put to death: whoever does work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his kin.  Six days may work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the LORD, whoever does work on the sabbath day shall be put to death.  The Israelite people shall keep the sabbath, observing the sabbath throughout the ages as a covenant for all time:  it shall be a sign for all time between Me and the people of Israel.  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He ceased from work and was refreshed.
                                                                                                                 Exodus 31:12-17 (Torah)

     Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor, you shall cease from labor even at plowing time and harvest time.
                                                                                                                      Exodus 34:21 (Torah)

     You shall kindle no fire throughout your settlements on the sabbath day.
                                                                                                                         Exodus 35:3 (Torah)

Additionally:  Exodus 35:2, Leviticus 19:3, 19:30, 23:3, 26:2, and Numbers 10:10.

The Feast Of New Moon/New Moon Festival/Rosh Chodesh: 

 

      For as the new heaven and the new earth Which I will make Shall endure by My will―declares the LORD―So shall your seed and your name endure.   And new moon after new moon, And sabbath after sabbath, All flesh shall come to worship Me―said the LORD. 

                                                                                                          Isaiah 66:22-23 (Tanakh)  

 
     And the LORD said to me:  “The hour of doom has come for My people Israel; I will not pardon them again.  And the singing women of the palace shall howl on that day—declares my Lord GOD:  So many corpses Left lying everywhere!  Hush!”  Listen to this, you who devour the needy, annihilating the poor of the land, saying, “If only the new moon were over, so that we could sell grain; the sabbath, so that we could offer wheat for sale, using an ephah that is too small, and a shekel that is too big, tilting a dishonest scale, and selling grain refuse as grain!  We will buy the poor for silver, the needy for a pair of sandals.”  
                                                                                                                   Amos 8:2-7 (Tanakh)
 

 

     For years, I’ve wondered how the New Moon Festival was supposed to be celebrated and whenever I’ve enquired about it, in the various places I’ve been, I’ve never found a rabbi who could answer my question.  Then one day, while I was in New York, a Jewish woman told me that she wasn’t sure if anyone remembered how it was supposed to be celebrated; because over time, the teachings of the New Moon Festival had been lost. However, she was kind enough to invite me to a Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) celebration, the women of the community organized each month.  It was a very nice experience and it included delicious food, lovely music, and a brief uplifting lesson.  Later, when I was researching another topic in the Word of God, I stumbled on the previous passage of scripture, in Amos.  I suddenly realized that we were required to have a sabbatical rest during the New Moon Festival, just as we are during the last day of the week.  At the time I discovered this passage, I was living in an RV, near Mount St. Helens, in Washington State.  The Jewish calendar I had, just expired, so I didn’t know when the next New Moon Festival was; so I resorted to the next best thing available and I found a web site online at:  http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/MoonPhase.php with a schedule of the lunar moon.  Ever since then, I’ve been trying to practice the New Moon Festival. The Lord told me that he created this law for a couple of reasons:  First, so that we might acknowledge his power, because the Lord created the universe and manages its rotation; which alters the seasons and measures the years. The day of the new moon, is the first day of the month, according to the Jewish calendar and we were meant to use the moon as a sign, so the days of the month could be counted accurately, in order to celebrate the days, which the Lord has sanctified. (Genesis 1:14-19) Secondly, especially in the past, before we instituted so many holidays in the calendar year; the government, business owners, and slave owners expected those whom they had authority over, to work much harder than should have been required.  This law gave servants an additional day to rest.

     Today, obeying the Sabbath Day has become a challenge, because of the means in which we have been raised and believe.  It’s unfortunate that the Sabbath day has been forsaken as it has.  So, asking you to obey the New Moon Festival will be an even greater challenge.  Never-the-less, I’d like to encourage you to please try, because it’s an additional day that the Lord has given us each month; in order to be mindful of him, humanity, and ourselves.

 

Additional Laws And Scriptures Governing The Feast Of New Moon/Rosh Chodesh:

 

     God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate day from night; they shall serve as signs for the set times―the days and the years; and they shall serve as lights in the expanse of the sky to shine upon the earth."  And it was so.  God made the two great lights, the greater light to dominate the day and the lesser light to dominate the night, and the stars.  And God set them in the expanse of the sky to shine upon the earth, to dominate the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness.  And God saw that this was good.  And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day. 
                                                                                                                  Genesis 1:14-19 (Torah)

 

     And on your joyous occasions, your fixed festivals and new moon days, you shall sound the *trumpets over your burnt offerings and your sacrifices of well-being.  They shall be a reminder of you before the LORD your God:  I the LORD am your God.

Numbers 10:10 (Torah)

 

     The Feast of New Moon is celebrated the evening of the new moon, from sundown, to the following sundown, and is meant to be practiced as an additional Sabbath day, each month.

* Please review “The Laws Pertaining To The Silver Trumpets,” in the chapter I’ve included, called “Words To Live By.”

 

Also please review Exodus 12:1-2, 1 Samuel 20:5-29, 2 Kings 4:8-23, Isaiah 1:10-17, Ezekiel 46:1-3, Psalms 81:1-4, 104:19, Ezra 3:4-5, Nehemiah 10:33-34, 2 Chronicles 2:3, 8:12-13, and 31:2-3.


One final and very important note pertaining to the New Moon Festival:  As long as we continue to observe the Gregorian calendar (1582), instead of observing the New Moon Festival, to mark the beginning of the month; then, there isn't a single person, who is truly observing the holy days, at their set times, as they were meant to be observed, in the Word of God.

New Year’s Day: 

     New Year’s Day originated in Babylonia in approximately 2000 B.C.  However, it was practiced in mid March, during the (Akitu) new moon.  The Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, and the Phoenicians celebrated the new year in September.  The Greeks celebrated it in December.  In 45 B.C. the new year was celebrated on *January first, on the Julian calendar.  Eventually, January first was accepted and practiced as the new year throughout most countries, all around the world.  

*The month of January was named and chosen as the first month of the year, by the Romans, in honor of their Roman god "Janus." (The god of gates, doors, and beginnings) 

The Fast Of Tevet:

 

     The Fast of Tevet is required according to Jewish tradition and commemorates the siege of Jerusalem.  It’s also a day of remembrance for the six million Jewish Holocaust victims of World War II.

     It is estimated that eleven million people died during World War II.  I believe this is something we should all try to remember and not single out or omit anyone.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Presidents Day, Washington’s Birthday, and Columbus Day:

 

     When someone has made a significant contribution to the world and improved the quality of life for us all, it’s important to remember them with respect.  If we wish to set a day aside and remember their deeds and relate them to our children in literature, this is one thing; however, when we create images of them and erect statues in their honor, we’ve crossed the line of respect and we have committed idolatry.

 

Tu B’Shevat/Chamishah Asar B’Av:

 

     Tu B’Shevat is a holiday tradition celebrated by the children of Israel and it celebrates the “New Year Of The Trees.” 

 

National Holocaust Memorial Day:

 

     The United Nations declared January 27th as Holocaust Memorial Day, in remembrance of the day in which Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi compound, used for extermination, was liberated.

 

Valentine’s Day:

 

     It’s possible that “Saint Valentine’s Day,” originated in Rome, and was originally referred to as “Lupercalia,” a festival that was held in mid February and celebrated the beginning of the spring season.  In the fifth century, Pope Gelasius replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day, in memory of a priest who was martyred by the emperor Claudius Gothicus. (268-270 CE) The priest fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and he wrote her a letter, signed “Your Valentine.”  In the fourteenth century, Valentine’s Day evolved and became a popular holiday in which lovers exchanged cards, flowers, and gifts.

     Cupid also originated in Rome and represents the Roman god of loveanother form of idolatry.

 

Mardi Gras:

 

     It’s possible that the Mardi Gras festival originated in Italy, when the Romans participated in the Saturnalian Festival.  It later was practiced in France and referred to as “Fat Tuesday.”  Fat Tuesday commenced the day before Ash Wednesday and it was the goal of those who participated in it, to consume the remaining meat in their home, before Ash Wednesday began.

 

Ash Wednesday:

 

     Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent.  It’s customary for those who participate on Ash Wednesday to have ashes from the leaves of palms (burned during the previous year on Palm Sunday), placed on their forehead in the image of a cross.  The cross remains on their forehead until it’s washed off after sunset.  During Ash Wednesday, it’s customary for one to use this time in self reflection and repentance.

     If one participates in Ash Wednesday, one must ask themselves:  Are they doing this for the sake of humanity or are they doing this for the Lord?  So if you profess to repent, please try to; otherwise, this practice is in vain.

 

Lent:

 

     Lent lasts for forty days and concludes just before the Easter holiday and is celebrated by various Christian communities, in different ways.  Some include periods of fasting, while others abstain from certain foods or favorite activities.  Lent is a holiday that commemorates the Lord, when he spent forty days and forty nights in the desert, fasting and praying, and successfully triumphed over Satan, when the Lord was tempted to sin.

 

Saint Patrick’s Day:

 

     Originally, Saint Patrick’s Day was set aside to remember a humble man in the fifth century, who endured many hardships during his life time.  Patrick was called by the Lord to deliver the Christian message to Ireland, and he used the three leaf clover in order to visually teach about the Holy Trinity of God.

     Today, many of us make the mistake of believing in chance, good luck or bad luck, fate or destiny.  The Lord has created each one of us and he has created the laws for the benefit of society.  When we choose to disobey the Laws of Moses, then the Lord chooses to discipline us, just as judges and magistrates do.  If we look to the Lord, he lifts us up and when we turn away from him, we are humbled.  Everything is determined by the relationship we choose to have with the Lord.

 

The Fast Of Esther:

 

     The Fast of Esther is practiced by the children of Israel and commemorates the fast of three days, which was initiated by Esther; when she encouraged Mordecai and the children of Israel to fast with her, before she approached the king on their behalf, while they were citizens in Persia and separated for extermination according to a lot, which was drawn by their enemy, Haman.

 

Purim:

 

     Purim is a joyful holiday that is celebrated by the children of Israel and follows the Fast of Esther.  The story of Esther is recalled during this celebration and it is customary to celebrate the day in a costume, with loud merry-making.

     Although this event took place after the Laws of Moses were written; if one chooses to practice the fast of Esther and participate in Purim, one should; however, I would be careful when choosing a costume, as most of them are considered idolatrous.

 

Shushan Purim:

 

     Shushan Purim commemorates the day in which the children of Israel, in Shushan, the capital of Persia, rested after destroying their enemies on Purim.

 

April Fool’s Day:

 

     It’s possible that April Fool’s Day originated in Rome and was referred to as “Hilaria.”  However, several countries have shared in similar practices of making sport of an unsuspecting soul, in various ways.

     It’s wrong to take advantage of someone’s innocence and cruel to make sport of any one.

 

Mother’s Day And Father’s Day: 

 

     Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are a good opportunity to lift up and honor our parents and/or those who have raised us; however, let us remember them with love and acts of kindness throughout the year.  Let us love them when we are young, while their hands are still empty, and let us love our parents and remember them when they are old as well.

New Years Day (Truly): 

     The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt:  This month shall be the first of the months of the year for you.
                                                                                                                       Exodus 12:1-2 (Torah)

Please note that the date chosen by the Lord, for the first day of the year, is in the spring;  fourteen days before the Passover and that this also happens to be the date of the new moon.  Because of this, it is meant to be spent as an additional day of rest, like every day of the new moon. 

(Please refer back to "The New Moon Festival" previously in this chapter.)

The Fast Of The First Born:

 

     The Fast of the First Born is required according to Jewish tradition and requires the first-born males to fast in remembrance, because they were spared during the final plague in Egypt.  However, the first-born male is not required to fast according to the Laws of Moses.


 
The Feast Of Unleavened Bread/Passover/Pesach: 

 
     The Feast of Unleavened Bread was sanctified by the Lord, in the Laws of Moses, and is the first of three agricultural festivals in the year.  On the first and last day (from sunset until sunset), were prohibited to work.  It’s also unlawful to eat any leaven during the week.  As a precaution, were commanded to search our home and make sure all of the leaven is removed, the day before Passover begins.  Originally, the law was given to the exiles of Egypt, in order to remember when the angel of death passed over their homes and struck down all of the first-born males of Egypt.  This week is still practiced by the children of Israel, all around the world.

      Since the destruction of the first temple, the teachers of the law have eliminated a number of unnecessary food items from their diet, during Passover; however, Moses only commanded us to remove leaven (baking powder, baking soda, yeast, or any other leavening ingredient) from our homes and nothing more.  The Lord didn’t command us to refrain from eating * [flour, corn, rice], or beans, etc…  Incidentally, almost all of the food that the children of Israel are encouraged to buy during Passover is unnecessary.  It’s not necessary to have an additional set of dishes for Passover and you don’t need to have all of the additional cooking supplies that the teachers of the law require.  The eighth day of Passover, which is practiced by some communities, is unnecessary as well.  Those who wish to please the Lord ought to forsake the laws and traditions that have since been handed down to them by the teachers of the law and begin practicing the Laws of Mosesaccording to the Word of God.


* Please review the laws pertaining to the Omer Period, in Leviticus 23:9-16, because although flour, corn, and rice have been prohibited by the teachers of the law, during Passover; it’s actually unlawful to consume bread, parched grain, or fresh ears of corn throughout the remaining year, if the wave offering has not been presented on the day after the Sabbath, on the first day of the Omer period.   Also, because we have departed from obeying the Laws of Moses, the curse listed in Deuteronomy 28:17, where it states:  “Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl,” has been fulfilled.  Having said this, I’m grateful to the Lord because he has given us the ability to use other resources to use instead of grain, corn, and rice; if we wish to walk according to his word.  There are a variety of different plants, seeds, and nuts that are now being used to create a substitute for flour, for example:  Potato, flax seed, and almonds.  But please be careful and look at the ingredients of the package, because sometimes grain, corn, or rice, is added; in order to give the flour a different texture.


Also please review Ezekiel, chapter forty-five: Which pertains to the Passover Festival, during the millennium, when the Lord will dwell on the earth for a thousand years.   

The Laws Governing The Feast Of Unleavened Bread/Passover/Pesach: 

     This day shall be to you one of remembrance:  you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD throughout the ages; you shall celebrate it as an institution for all time.  Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread; on the very first day you shall remove leaven from your houses, for whoever eats leavened bread from the first day to the seventh day, that person shall be cut off.
    
You shall celebrate a sacred occasion on the first day, and a sacred occasion on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them; only what every person is to eat, that alone may be prepared for you.  You shall observe the [Feast of] Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your ranks out of the land of Egypt; you shall observe this day throughout the ages as an institution for all time.  In the first month, from the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty-first day of the month at evening.  No leaven shall be found in your houses for seven days.  For whoever eats what is leavened, that person shall be cut off from the community of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a citizen of the country.  You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your settlements you shall eat unleavened bread.  
                                                                                                       
Exodus 12:14-20 (Torah) 

      “You shall observe this as an institution for all time, for you and for your descendants.  And when you enter the land that the LORD will give you, as He has promised, you shall observe this rite.  And when your children ask you, ‘What do you mean by this rite?’ you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, because He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but saved our houses.’” ...
                                                                                                                    Exodus 12:24-27(Torah)

      That was for the LORD a night of vigil to bring them out of the land of Egypt; that same night is the LORD’s, one of vigil for all the children of Israel throughout the ages.
                                                                                                                         Exodus12:42 (Torah)

     The LORD said to Moses and Aaron:  This is the law of the passover offering:  No foreigner shall eat of it.  But any slave a man has bought may eat of it once he has been circumcised.  A resident hireling shall not eat of it.  It shall be eaten in one house:   you shall not take any of the flesh outside the house; nor shall you break a bone of it.  The whole assembly of Israel shall offer it.  If a stranger who dwells with you would offer the passover to the LORD, all his males must be circumcised; then he shall be admitted to offer it; he shall then be as a citizen of the country.  But no uncircumcised person may eat of it.  There shall be one law for the citizen and for the stranger who dwells among you.
                                                                                                                   Exodus 12:43-49 (Torah)

 

Please review the book of Genesis 17:1-14, in order to understand the covenant and the law of circumcision.

     And Moses said to the people, "Remember this day, on which you went free from Egypt, the house of bondage, how the LORD freed you from it with a mighty hand: no leavened bread shall be eaten.  You go free on this day, in the month of Abib... you shall observe in this month the following practice:  
      “Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a festival of the LORD.  Throughout the seven days unleavened bread shall be eaten; no leavened bread shall be found with you, and no leaven shall be found in all your territory.  And you shall explain to your son on that day, ‘It is because of what the LORD did for me when I went free from Egypt.’
     And this shall serve you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead― in order that the Teaching of the LORD may be in your mouth―that with a mighty hand the LORD freed you from Egypt.  You shall keep this institution at its set time from year to year.
                                                                                                                    Exodus 13:3-10 (Torah)

Additional laws and scriptures pertaining to the Passover are in Exodus 12:1-13, 21-23, 28-41, 13:11-22, 23:14-17, 34:18 and 22-24; Leviticus 23:5-8, Numbers 9:1-14, 10:10, and 28:16-25; Deuteronomy 16:1-8 and 16-17.

The Omer Period:   

 

     The Omer period lasts for fifty days, between Passover and Shavuot.  It was on this day that the Lord resurrected from the tomb, after he had been crucified on the cross, for our sins. 

 

     The LORD spoke to Moses, saying:  Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: When you enter the land which I am giving to you and you reap its harvest, you shall bring the first sheaf of your harvest to the priest.  He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for acceptance in your behalf; the priest shall wave it on the day after the sabbath.  On the day that you wave the sheaf, you shall offer as a burnt offering to the LORD a lamb of the first year without blemish.  The meal offering with it shall be two-tenths of a measure of choice flour with oil mixed in, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the LORD; and the libation with it shall be of wine, a quarter of a hin.  Until that very day, until you have brought the offering of your God, you shall eat no bread or parched grain or fresh ears; it is a law for all time throughout the ages in all your settlements.

     And from the day on which you bring the sheaf of wave offering—the day after the Sabbath—you shall count off seven weeks.  They must be complete:  you must count until the day after the seventh week—fifty days; then you shall bring an offering of new grain to the LORD.

            Leviticus 23:9-16 (Torah)

 

Additionally:  Numbers 10:10 

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday: 

     Palm Sunday is celebrated within Christian communities on Sunday, the week before Easter, and honors the day when the Lord entered Jerusalem, humble and riding on a donkey, before his passion.  Those who were present laid branches down before his path and shouted: 

     “Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the King of Israel!"
                                                                                                                               John 12:13 (NIV) 

Please review Psalms 118:22-29. 

     Today, Palm Sunday is practiced with a procession of palms and a review of the scriptures pertaining to the passion of Jesus Christ.  Then the palms are burned and the ashes are saved and used on Ash Wednesday (the following year).   

Earth Day: 

     Let us each try to be kinder to the earth and each other, because we're all merely tenants and one day, we’ll all have to answer to the Lord of the land, because of our carelessness. 

Good Friday:  

     Good Friday is commemorated before Easter Sunday, in memorial to the sacrifice which was made by the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.  It is celebrated with reverence, in many Christian communities, differently.  In some parts of the world, people are provided a day of rest and some people fast partially or wholly.    

Easter:


    
How will our children ever learn that it’s wrong to lie, when from their youth we lie to them and how can we discipline our children for lying, when we are lying ourselves?  As long as we continue to do this, we remain hypocrites!  When we teach our children fairy tales about the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause, we rob the Lord of the honor he has earned and deserves.  Today, in a majority of Christian homes, if the message of Jesus is shared, it is only in a small token and the true spirit of Resurrection Day and Christmas is lost.  Even in churches and communities all across the country, it has become an acceptable practice to participate in these pagan activities.  Is it any wonder that when our children become older and realize these fictitious characters don’t exist, they also question the existence of God?  Is it any wonder that they lose respect for us; when we tell them one thing, but then we do something else?  We teach our children to be cautious of strangers, but then we teach them to believe in strange beings that sneak into our homes at night!  It’s wrong to mislead our children into believing that a rabbit lays colored eggs and has the ability to enter into a house so that it can leave a basket full of candy.  This eliminates the true message and purpose of Resurrection Day.  From early childhood, we ought to be teaching our children, from simple books; the truth about Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours, and about everything he has done since creation, and what he expects from us.  We need to teach our children to respect the Lord and to walk according to his law.  But how can we teach what we do not know and how will we ever learn, if we won’t study the Word of God for ourselves?  It’s time for us to begin studying the Word of God and stop relying wholly on our spiritual leaders to teach us, because we’ve been misled enough!  It’s time to come together as a family and study the Word of God, and it’s time to teach the true meaning of Resurrection Day and Christmas.

     Because Resurrection Day has evolved since the Laws of Moses were written, there are no specific laws for commemorating it; however, I recommend you try to find age appropriate books to read with your children.  If you have older children, choose one of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) and review the final chapters leading up to, during, and after the resurrection of the Lord.  

     As children, we were raised incorrectly by parents, who were raised incorrectly.  It would be wiser for us to accept this fault and correct it, than to continue as we have in the past.  Although our children may be disappointed for a little while, they’ll understand and respect us more, because we tried to teach them correctly and do what is right.

 

Two more notes pertaining to Easter: 

First: Easter actually has nothing to do with the Lord and his resurrection but is an Anglo Saxon pagan practice that originated in Germany and is named after the month of Eostur – monath which refers to the fertility goddess, Eastre or Eostre, and rabbits and eggs were both used in order to represent her fertility.  Eastre is none other than the fertility goddess, Asherah, who was worshipped by a multitude of nations and destroyed by the Lord, according to the Word of God.  

Secondly:  The Romans dictated the Julian/Gregorian calendar and the days of the weeks for us to practice; however, when our spiritual leaders follow in their practices and teach that the Lord rose on Sunday, they are incorrect; because if we had been following the calendar according to the Lord and using the new moon as the first day of the month, then no one really knows what day of the week this was.  If you review the Gregorian calendar, the new moon shifts every month, to a different day.

Yom Hashoah:

 

     Yom Hashoah is a day of remembrance for the Holocaust victims and the Warsaw Ghetto uprising; as well as for those who displayed heroic behavior during this traumatic time in history.  Twice on this day, in the state of Israel, sirens blow and traffic is stopped for two minutes of silence.  It’s a day spent in solemnity and people avoid lively entertainment and public venues are closed.  Not all of the children of Israel commemorate this day; however, it’s a day in history we may all wish to reflect upon, with the understanding that this is an event that has been prophesied to be repeated in our lifetime, except this timeon a much more horrific scale, if we don’t repent.

 

The Second Feast Of Unleavened Bread/Passover/Pesach: 

 

     And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:  Speak to the Israelite people, saying:  When any of you or of your posterity who are defiled by a corpse or are on a long journey would offer a Passover sacrifice to the LORD, they shall offer it in the second month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight.   They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs, and they shall not leave any of it over until morning.   They shall not break a bone of it.   They shall offer it in strict accord with the law of the Passover sacrifice.   But if a man who is clean and not on a journey refrains from offering the Passover sacrifice, that person shall be cut off from his kin, for he did not present the LORD’s offering at its set time; that man shall bear his guilt.

Numbers 9:9-13 (Torah)

                            

Memorial Day:

 

     Memorial Day originated during the Civil War (1861-64) and was observed by citizens who placed flowers on the graves of those, who lost their lives during the war.
 

The Day Of First Fruits/Start Of The Grain Harvest/Feast Of Weeks/Shavuot:

 

     The Day of First Fruits is the second of three agriculture festivals celebrated during the year and concludes the counting of the omer period. 

 

The Laws Governing The Day of First Fruits/Start Of The Grain Harvest/Feast Of Weeks/Shavuot:

    

     You must count until the day after the seventh week – fifty days; then you shall bring an offering of new grain to the LORD.  You shall bring from your settlements two loaves of bread as a wave offering; each shall be made of two-tenths of a measure of choice flour, baked after leavening, as first fruits to the LORD.  With the bread you shall present, as burnt offerings to the LORD, seven yearling lambs without blemish, one bull of the herd, and two rams, with their meal offerings and libations, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the LORD.  You shall also offer one he-goat as a sin offering and two yearling lambs as a sacrifice of well-being.  The priest shall wave these – the two lambs – together with the bread of first fruits as a wave offering before the LORD; they shall be holy to the LORD, for the priest.  On that same day you shall hold a celebration; it shall be a sacred occasion for you; you shall not work at your occupations.  This is a law for all time in all your settlements, throughout the ages.

Leviticus 23:16-21 (Torah)

 

Additional laws and scriptures pertaining to the Day of First Fruits:  Exodus 23:14-17, 34:22-24, Numbers 10:10, Deuteronomy16:9-12 and 16-17, and 24:19-21.

 

Independence Day:

 

     On the Fourth of July, we honor our nation’s independence from European authority; however, we profess to be one nation under God, but we don’t fear him.  We don’t obey the commandments of the Lord, his laws, or his decrees.  We fled England, because we wanted to have religious freedom, in order to worship the Lord; however, we don’t truly worship the Lord and most of those who do, worship him with hypocrisy.

 

The Fast Of Tammuz:

 

     The Fast of Tammuz is required according to Jewish tradition and commemorates the day Moses destroyed the tablets containing the Ten Commandments, which were written by the finger of the Lord.  It’s also remembered as the day the Romans broke through the walls of Jerusalem, during the destruction of the second temple.

 

Ramadan:

 

     Ramadan is practiced during the ninth month of the Muslim calendar year and those who participate in it are required to observe a fast during the entire month.  They are required to abstain from evil thoughts, bad deeds, food, drink, and sexual activity from dawn until dusk.  It is believed that the Qur’an was sent down during this time of year.

 

The Fast Of Tisha B’Av:

 

     Tisha B’Av is a three week mourning period for the children of Israel and runs from the seventieth of Tammuz (the forth month of the Hebrew calendar) until the ninth of Av (the fifth month of the Hebrew calendar).  It commemorates several tragic moments in Jewish history, which happened to all occur on the same day; the day the walls of Jerusalem were breached―

during the first temple period, the destruction of the first and second temples, and their expulsion from Spain.  During this time, the children of Israel refrain from having weddings, parties, wearing new clothing, cutting their hair, or having meat or wine (with the exception of the Sabbath Day).  The final day on the ninth of Av is practiced the same as Yom Kippur.  Although this day may be worthy of being respectfully remembered, should it be lifted up as high as Yom Kippur?  After all, one was sanctified by the Lord and the other by a man.

 

Shabbat Nachamu:

 

     Shabbat Nachamu is included in the Jewish calendar and was created as a Sabbath day of joy.  Shabbat Nachamu refers to a section in the Book of Isaiah, chapter forty; “Console, console my people, says your God.”

 

Labor Day:

 

     In 1894, Congress declared the first Monday in September, a national holiday; in order to honor the contributions that have been made by the working men in our society.
     We should be mindful of the working person, no matter who they are or what their station in life may be, with respect, every day

     It’s hard to appreciate the person behind the counter, the clerk, or the highway worker; unless you’ve had an opportunity to work in their profession.  Because we lack the understanding of what each person is experiencing or the responsibilities they may have, we ought to be more thoughtful and try to treat each other with more dignity.

 

Teruah/The Feast Of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah: 

 

     Teruah is celebrated on the first day of the seventh month of Tishri, along with the Festival of New Moon (Numbers 29:1-6), according to the Jewish calendar and begins at sunset the previous day and ends at sunset.  It is a day when the trumpet is sounded with loud blast.  We are required to rest; therefore, no work is permitted during this time. 

 

The Laws Governing Teruah/The Feast Of Trumpets:

 

     The LORD spoke to Moses, saying:  Speak to the Israelite people thus:  In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe complete rest, a sacred occasion commemorated with loud blast.  You shall not work at your occupations; and you shall bring an offering by fire to the LORD.

Leviticus 23:23-25 (Torah)

 

     In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a sacred occasion:  you shall not work at your occupations.  You shall observe it as a day when the horn is sounded.

Numbers 29:1 (Torah)

 

Additionally:  Numbers 10:10

The Fast Of Gedaliah:

 

     The Fast of Gedaliah is required according to Jewish tradition and commemorates the assassination of Gedaliah, who was appointed the governor of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.  The fast begins at dawn and concludes at dusk. (2 Kings 25:25-26)

 

The Day Of Atonement/Yom Kippur: 

 

     The Day of Atonement is on the 10th day of the seventh month, of Tishri, according to the Jewish calendar; it starts at sunset the previous day and ends at sunset.  In the Word of God, the Day of Atonement is referred to as a Sabbath of solemn rest or the Sabbath of Sabbaths.  No work is permitted during this time.  This is a day spent in self denial; therefore, we are required to fast and abstain from sexual activity.  The Day of Atonement is meant to be spent in sincere prayer and meditation and seeking reconciliation with the Lord.

    

True repentance bears the fruit of forgiveness.

 

The Laws Governing The Day Of Atonement/Yom Kippur:

 

      And this shall be to you a law for all time:  In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall practice *self-denial; and you shall do no manner of work, neither the citizen nor the alien who resides among you.  For on this day atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you of all your sins; you shall be clean before the LORD.  It shall be a sabbath of complete rest for you, and you shall practice self-denial; it is a law for all time.

Leviticus 16:29-31 (Torah)

 

     The LORD spoke to Moses, saying:  Mark, the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement.  It shall be a sacred occasion for you:   you shall practice self-denial, and you shall bring an offering by fire to the LORD; you shall do no work throughout that day.  For it is a Day of Atonement, on which expiation is made on your behalf before the LORD your God.  Indeed, any person who does not practice self—denial throughout that day shall be cut off from his kin; and whoever does any work throughout that day, I will cause that person to perish from among his people.  Do no work whatever; it is a law for all time, throughout the ages in all your settlements.  It shall be a sabbath of complete rest for you, and you shall practice self-denial; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall observe this your sabbath.

Leviticus 23:26-32 (Torah)


    
On the tenth day of the same seventh month you shall observe a sacred occasion when you shall practice self-denial.  You shall do no work.

Numbers 29-7 (Torah)

 

Additionally:  Numbers 10:10
 
The Feast Of Booths/The Feast Of Ingathering/The Feast Of Tabernacles/Sukkot:

 

     The Feast of Booths is the final agricultural festival of the year and it begins at sunset on the 14th day of the seventh month of Tishri, according to the Jewish calendar.  The Feast of Booths last for eight days.  On the first day and the last day, from sunset until sunset, we are required to rest; therefore, no work is permitted.    

 

     The LORD spoke to Moses, saying:  Say to the Israelite people:  On the fifteenth day of this seventh month there shall be the Feast of Booths to the LORD, [to last] seven days. The first day shall be a sacred occasion:  you shall not work at your occupations; seven days you shall bring offerings by fire to the LORD.  On the eighth day you shall observe a sacred occasion and bring an offering by fire to the LORD; it is a solemn gathering:  you shall not work at your occupations.

Leviticus 23:33-36 (Torah)

 

     Mark, on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the yield of your land, you shall observe the festival of the LORD [to last] seven days:  a complete rest on the first day, and a complete rest on the eighth day.  On the first day you shall take the product of hadar trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.  You shall observe it as a festival of the LORD for seven days in the year; you shall observe it in the seventh month as a law for all time, throughout the ages.  You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens in Israel shall live in booths, in order that future generations may know that I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I the LORD your God.

Leviticus 23:39-43 (Torah)

 

Additional laws and scriptures pertaining to the Feast Of Booths may be found in Exodus 23:14-17, 34:22-24, Numbers 10:10 and 29:12-38; Deuteronomy 16:13-17 and 24:19-21.

 

Halloween:

 

     Halloween was originally called All Hallows Eve during the time of Pope Gregory the third and commemorated the saints, both known and unknown, in the church.  The Celts and early Brits of Ireland believed that on this day, the souls of the dead would return to visit their homes.  They would light large bonfires on the hills and wear masks to ward off evil spirits.  The early American colonists forbade the celebration of this pagan holiday.  Today, Halloween has become a secular holiday, when children are encouraged to go door-to-door and light heartedly threaten neighbors and strangers with “trick or treat.”  This would seem harmless, but for years now, some people have taken advantage of the moment and harmed children.  Some children have taken Halloween more seriously and believe that if they aren’t pleased with the treat they receive, then they have a license to be destructive.  In many cities, homes have been destroyed by fire.  This practice is not sanctified by the Lord and it would be very difficult to observe Halloween without sinning; because almost all of the costumes that are worn are considered idolatrous.  

     Why would we want to practice a holiday that lifts up and honors the prince of darkness?  Isn’t the world filled with enough evil?  If we were a nation that possessed wisdom and feared the Lord, we would abolish this pagan event from our calendar.

     When Halloween draws near, please examine your home.  If you have any Halloween decorations, please throw them away.  Please don’t attend any of the parties that may be offered; especially if they’re in a religious environment!  Please don’t wear the costumes or purchase the candy; even if the stores offer a terrific sale, resist it, because this won’t benefit you physically or spiritually.

 

All Saints Day:

 

     All Saints Day is a Christian holiday, practiced more within the Catholic Church.  All Saints Day was originally dedicated to the martyrs of the early church, but later included any known or unknown saints.

   

     But the righteousness that is by faith says:  “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’”  (That is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘who will descend into the deep?’”  (That is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

Romans 10:6-7 (NIV)

 

     It’s unlawful to occupy the throne of God and cast judgment as to whether one is righteous or not and who may be saintly or not.  Many people have appeared pious throughout the ages, but they never obeyed the Word of God; it’s one thing to remember the martyrs with all due respect, who have sacrificed their life for the sake of the Word of God, but quite another to worship “saints.”

 

All Souls Day:

 

     All Souls Day is practiced primarily by Catholics; however, some Protestants also participate in this day.  It commemorates the departed souls of the dead, who haven’t been cleansed of their sins and haven’t been able to ascend to heaven.

    

     The legend is given by Pietro Damiani in his, “Life of St. Odilo.”  According to the legend, a pilgrim returning from the Holy Land was cast by a storm on a desolate island. A hermit living there told him that amid the rocks was a chasm communication with *purgatory, from which perpetually rose the groans of tortured souls.  The hermit also claimed he had heard the demons complaining of the efficacy of the prayers of the faithful and especially the monks of Cluny, in rescuing their victims.  Upon returning home, the pilgrim hastened to inform the abbot of Cluny, who then set the second of November as a day of intercession on the part of his community for all the souls in purgatory.

(Quoted from the internet site of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-Souls-Day)


    
Because All Souls Day was inspired by a legend that originated from demonic beings, I’m not sure why anyone would wish to acknowledge it or observe it.  We’ve been misled enough and it’s time to separate the chaff from the wheat.  
It’s also unlawful to communicate with the dead. (Leviticus 19:31 and Deuteronomy 18:10-12)

 

Please review the story about the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31.

 

*The teachings of purgatory are unbiblical, there is no such place.  When a person passes away, their soul is immediately lifted up to heaven or cast down into Sheol.  It’s not possible for prayers to intercede for one, who has already passed away.

  

Veteran’s Day:

 

     Veteran’s Day is an American holiday and honors all of the service men, both deceased and living, for the contributions they’ve made for national security.  This is a day worthy of respectfully remembering.

 

Thanksgiving Day:

 

     Thanksgiving Day is a day in which we commemorate the early pioneers.  We celebrate it by gathering our family and friends and enjoying a beautiful feast.  During the holiday season, it’s not unusual to see food drives, which help others less fortunate than us.  It would be nice if these food drives continued all year round.  Then each time a person went shopping, if they had the means, they could leave something for someone else.  Try to remember that the pains of hunger don’t subside after the holiday season is over and so many people are hungry every day of the year.  Thanksgiving Day is a good time of the year to reflect on our blessings and remember why it’s so important that we pay our tithe all year.

 

The Immaculate Conception Of The Blessed Mary:

 

     The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mary; honors the conception of the Son of God, by the Holy Spirit, through the virgin, Mary.  Although Mary was a virgin, at the time of the conception of the Lord, it’s presumptuous of the Catholic Church to assume that she was spotless and without sin.

     “As it is written:  “There is no one righteous, not even one.”

Romans 3:10 (NIV)

     

     Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother:  “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.  And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

Luke 2:34-35 (NIV)

 

     If Mary were as pure as you would believe, there would have been no reason for her soul to be pierced.  She was a mortal human being and it’s wrong to lift her up and honor her like the Son of God or Almighty God the Holy Father.  It’s unlawful to bow down and worship her image.  In the Word of God; were taught to pray to the Holy Father, through his Son, Jesus Christ.  Then we glorify the Father and his Son. When we pray to anyone else, we are robbing them of the glory and honor they deserve. (John 16:23-24, Acts 14:8-18, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, and Revelation 22:8-9) Although Mary may be worthy of respect, she’s not worthy of being deified―like a goddess.

 

Chanukah/The Festival Of Lights:

 

     Chanukah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple, after the Hasmoneans, when the Maccabees defeated Antiochus, during the Jewish revolt in the first century BCE.  The Holy Temple had been desecrated by unclean sacrifices, and when Antiochus was defeated, they entered the temple to purify it.  There is a law in the teachings of Moses, requiring the menorah to be lit every evening and to be left burning throughout the evening.  However, there was only enough oil to burn for one night, but the oil lasted eight days.  Ever since then, the children of Israel have celebrated the festival of lights for eight days.  It is celebrated similarly to the Christian holiday, Christmas; with bright lights, decorations, and exchanging gifts.

 

Christmas:

    

     When we encourage the ideals of Santa Claus, we’re practicing idolatry and paganism.  Unfortunately, this is only a part of our sin.  Did you know that the Christmas tree we have been erecting in our homes, is actually no different than the Asherah pole? The Lord destroyed many nations, in the past, for this same offense.  The Germanic tribes would bring trees and shrubs into their homes, during the winter season, because they believed the trees possessed spirits.  When these tribes first converted to Christianity, the early Christians liked their practice and adopted it, but they changed the meaning of the practice.

     The miraculous wonder of Christmas has been forsaken and has become a materialistic, pagan holiday.  It’s wrong to go into debt so that you can overindulge one another in needless, unpractical gifts.  There’s nothing wrong with exchanging gifts, because the wise men brought gifts to the Lord, as an infant, in the manger; however, like the Lord, let us remain humble during this season.  Christmas should be celebrated as it was years ago, when the nations were modest, humble, and poor.  People took time to make gifts and when a gift was given, it was given from the heart.  Time was taken in thought and indeed, when creating a gift.  In by gone days, a simple gift possessed more value than most of them do today.

     There are so many books available that explain the true meaning of Christmas, so please begin to teach your children from an early age; how to appreciate the wonder of this beautiful gift we have each received, by Almighty God the Holy Father.  If your children are older, review the stories mentioned in the beginning of the four gospels and read them together.

     It’s wrong to remove the name of Christ from Christmas!  Please don’t do this.

     Please don’t purchase the trees anymore, because they serve a much better purpose while they are planted in the ground, where they belong.  Don’t listen/purchase the music, decorations, wrapping paper, cards, and candy; sold to encourage all of that which is secular.  Please don’t buy these items, when they go on sale, after the holiday season is over.  If we stop purchasing it, the merchants will become more sensitive and then we won’t be inundated with all of that which is wrong, during this holy season.

     Next Christmas season, when you start to bring out your holiday decorations, please examine them and ask yourself:  Is this legal?  If I use this item, will I please the Lord or will I displease him?  Does this item contribute to the true meaning of Christmas or could it be considered a form of idolatry?  I think that you’ll discover almost all of the items you have, will have to be destroyed and thrown away. (Exodus 20:4-6 and Deuteronomy 4:15-18)

     Christmas can still be a joyful celebration, without all of the paraphernalia attached to the season.  

 

One final and important note pertaining to Christmas:  Most of us realize that December 25th was chosen as the date to celebrate the birth of Christ; yet in truth, we know that he was born in the fall.  Every year, for a long time, I’ve wondered when the Lord came to be among us and every year passed, as a mystery to me.  Just this last year (2009), the Lord revealed to me that he was born on October 31st!  All Hallows Eve, the most holy evening, of the calendar year.  Is it any wonder then, that Satan has deceived us and turned it into the most wicked day of the year, a day when he would be lifted up!

 

Kwanzaa:

 

     Kwanzaa is an adaptation of the African Harvest Festival and is celebrated from December twenty-sixth to January first.

 

Birkat Hachamah:

 

     Birkat Hachamah, “the Blessing of the Sun,” is a tradition that is celebrated every twenty-eight years by some of the children of Israel.  It’s a blessing that is recited when the vernal equinox is complete or when the sun returns to its original position, when the world was created.

     Although at face value, it may appear as though we are lifting up the Lord, sometimes we aren’t.  And, when we choose to continue following the teachings and traditions of men, we dishonor the Lord.  I am mindful of Deuteronomy 4:19 and Ezekiel 8:16-17, when I think about Birkat Hachamah and I’m sure that this would also be considered a form of idolatry. 


The Sabbatical Year: 

 

      Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but in the seventh you shall let it rest and lie fallow.  Let the needy among your people eat of it, and what they leave let the wild beast eat.  You shall do the same with your vineyards and your olive groves.
                                                                                                               Exodus 23:10-11 (Torah)

   
The LORD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai:  Speak to the Israelite people and say to them:
When you enter the land that I give you, the land shall observe a Sabbath of the LORD.  Six years you may sow your field and six years you may prune your vineyard and gather in the yield.  But in the seventh year the land shall have a sabbath of complete rest, a sabbath of the LORD:  you shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard.  You shall not reap the aftergrowth of your harvest or gather the grapes of your untrimmed vines; it shall be a year of complete rest for the land.  But you may eat whatever the land during its sabbath will produce—you, your male and female slaves, the hired and bound laborers who live with you, and your cattle and the beasts in your land may eat all its yield.

Leviticus 25:1-7 (Torah)
 

     You shall observe My laws and faithfully keep My rules, that you may live upon the land in security; the land shall yield its fruit and you shall eat your fill, and you shall live upon it in security.  And should you ask, "What are we to eat in the seventh year, if we may neither sow nor gather in our crops?"  I will ordain My blessing for you in the sixth year, so that it shall yield a crop sufficient for three years.  When you sow in the eighth year, you will still be eating old grain of that crop; you will be eating the old until the ninth year, until its crops come in.
                                                                                                                Leviticus 25:18-22 (Torah)

 

Is there anyone who obeys this law anymore?  It’s for this reason that we are required to excessively, artificially fertilize our fields by using dangerous chemicals that harm the farmers, infect our livestock, and contaminate our water system.

 
    Every seventh year you shall practice remission of debts.  This shall be the nature of the remission: every creditor shall remit the due that he claims from his fellow; he shall not dun his fellow or kinsman, for the remission proclaimed is of the LORD.  You may dun the foreigner; but you must remit whatever is due you from your kinsmen.
                                                                                                            Deuteronomy 15:1-3 (Torah)

 
     Beware lest you harbor the base thought, “The seventh year, the year of remission, is approaching,” so that you are mean to your needy kinsman and give him nothing.  He will cry out to the LORD against you, and you will incur guilt.  Give to him readily and have no regrets when you do so, for in return the LORD your God will bless you in all your efforts and in all your undertakings.
                                                                                                         Deuteronomy 15:9-10 (Torah)

 
     And Moses instructed them as follows:  Every seventh year, the year set for remission, at the Feast of booths, when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God in the
place that He will choose, you shall read this Teaching aloud in the presence of all Israel.  Gather the peoplemen, women, children, and the strangers in your communitiesthat they may hear and so learn to revere the LORD your God and to observe faithfully every word of this Teaching.  Their children, too, who have not had the experience, shall hear and learn to revere the LORD your God as long as they live in the land that you are about to cross the Jordan to possess.
                                                                                                       Deuteronomy 31:10-13 (Torah)

Additionally:  Numbers 10:10

The Year Of Jubilee: 

       You shall count off seven weeks of years—Then you shall sound the horn loud; in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month—the Day of Atonement—you shall have the horn sounded throughout your land and you shall hallow the fiftieth year.  You shall proclaim release throughout the land for all its inhabitants.  It shall be a jubilee for you: each of you shall return to his holding and each of you shall return to his family.  That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you:  you shall not sow, neither shall you reap the aftergrowth or harvest the untrimmed vines, for it is a jubilee.  It shall be holy to you:  you may only eat the growth direct from the field.  In this year of jubilee, each of you shall return to his holding.  When you sell property to your neighbor, or buy any from your neighbor, you shall not wrong one another.  In buying from your neighbor, you shall deduct only for the number of years since the jubilee; and in selling to you, he shall charge you only for the remaining crop years:  the more such years, the higher the price you pay; the fewer such years, the lower the price; for what he is selling you is a number of harvest.  Do not wrong one another, but fear your God; for I the LORD am your God.
                                                                                                                Leviticus 25:8-17 (Torah)

 Additional laws pertaining to the Year of Jubilee are in Numbers 10:10, Leviticus 25:23-41 and 27:16-25.

Please review Leviticus 26:3-35 and 2 Chronicles 36:15-21.

According to Ezekiel, in chapter forty-five, those who dwell with the Lord during his one thousand year reign on earth will celebrate the Sabbath Day, the New Moon Festival, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Teruah, and the Day of Atonement.  In Zechariah 14:16-21, we’re taught that the Feast of Booths will be celebrated each year as well.

 

If you would be interested in observing the days in which the Lord has sanctified as holy, in the Word of God, please review the calendar I've included on this site, with the accurate dates. 

 

“Holy and unholy Days,” is an excerpt from “THE END TIMES Prophesies Pertaining To Our Days,” by Miriam PlattAvailable on line, free.

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